Writing, drawing, 240-year-old robots

These may not look like your typical robots but these figures, which are more than two hundred years old, were programmed to carry out complex tasks.

The clockwork figures known as automata were made between 1768 and 1774 and still work today.

They can write, draw pictures and even play music.

They were made from parts used in watches at the time by Swiss watchmaker Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz and his family.

Video courtesy of Musée d'art et d'histoire, Neuchâtel.

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